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#1 compaq_7360

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 01:44 AM

I am looking into building my first computer. I allready have a ballpark idea as to what i want, but how do i know the parts i want are all capatible, or is it universal?

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 02:37 AM

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 09:03 PM

ok, i looked into what i want. if im not mistaken, as long as everything is atx, it should all match up? i will have to load an opperating system onto it also, correct? and if so, how do i go about doing that? if i buy a barebone kit, what will i run into there? will it come with all the ribbon cables and everything to put it together out of the box, or will i have to buy more?

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 01:18 AM

You should make a list of the items you m=want to install aand let use help you make plan for putting them together. Some motherboard come with all the cables and connector and other come bare. A bare bones system it not an exzsact term. Different retailer include different items in the "Bare Bones Systems". Best thing there is to email them and ask what you will get, or if it is local drive down and look at it. You will have to purchase the operating system. Spend the extra dollars and purchase XP Professional. It is worth it.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 10:08 PM

I knew a man who bought a house which had only the outside finished. He saved a lot of money by doing the inside himself. hung the drywall - all that. He lived in his basement for two years. But if you're determined to go barebones, first, you might want to take a look at TigerDirect. They offer barebones packages (or kits) which include the case, power supply, motherboard, and MPU, all of which are compatable with each other. The motherboard has the bios loaded. The cables are all included. Some come with a modem or network card. You still need a Monitor, Hard Drive, RAM, a CD or DVD recorder and an operation system. You get to put it all together, Format the HD and install the OS.

Quite frankly, for all the work you are going to have to go through you can probably buy a computer with most of what you need less than $500.00. I went barebones once. It was a great experience. I'll never do it again.
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Posted 03 March 2006 - 04:29 AM

my personal advice on building your first PC. don't skimp on the case. you don't have to buy the most expensive case. but try to buy one that is ergonomically correct and not that small. also alot of first timers skimp the power supply because they underestimate its importance. don't forget a good fan for your CPU and at least one other exhaust fan. if you are gaming don't buy motherborad with intergrated video. the list goes on and on. this is just my advice...there are tons of websites that will help you. just like the ones listed above.
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Posted 03 March 2006 - 02:38 PM

yea, im getting it from tiger direct. i will reply with the link to the kit im looking at

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 02:40 PM

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...u=B450-2107%20A

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 03:43 AM

well that should set you up with a pretty nice rig. biostar motherboards are good. i have always had good luck with them. i would probably get a diff. power supply. and if you get a sata hard drive dont forget to buy a cable, because most motherboards only ship with the IDE cables. and most hard drives dont come with any at all.
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Posted 06 March 2006 - 04:59 PM

the ribbon cables?

then how do i go about installing the os?

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 12:46 AM

Yes most motherboards come with the Ribbon(IDE) cables, but be sure and check. but if you buy a SATA drive you dont use ribbon cables you have to buy a special one.
the OS you will have to buy. after you get everything set up right turn on your pc, go into the bios and make sure the boot order is set. it should have to cd-rom drive before your harddrive. then put in your windows disk, reboot and follow the directions. make sure you set up the partitoin to NTFS.
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 12:50 PM

sounds easy enough! is there any way i could mess up, and if there is, how bad, and how easy to fix?

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 02:37 PM

well that is a pretty broad question. as long as you take your time, be observent, and follow the instructions you should be ok. dont make a stupid mistake like bending a pin on the cpu, or rip the end off a ribbon cable, your something. it is also a good idea to ground yourself and the computer when working on the inside, expecialy the cpu. and dont use any magnetic screw drivers. all though i have never heard of and magnetic screw driving hurting something. but i have seen a subwoofer destroy a computer once.
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 05:17 PM

what do u mean ground myelf and the computer

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 09:32 PM

You grab onto the case to discharge any built-up static electricity you might have. Generally, zapping your parts won't kill them, but it will really shorten the lifespan of them.
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